WFAX has the distinction of being the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area's first Christian radio station. In this era of corporate ownership, WFAX also is the only radio station in the area still in the hands of its original owners.
WFAX was founded in 1948 by Lamar and Genevieve Newcomb, with Lamar serving as general manager and Genevieve as program director. Their knowledge and talents, plus long hours and hard work, helped them make WFAX a success. Operating out of the attic of a gas station in Falls Church, VA, the station went on the air on September 15th, Genevieve's birthday. Over the years, the Newcombs were able to increase their coverage area by raising the power output from 250 watts to 5,000 watts. They also were able to increase the number of Christian programs, including many from the surrounding community.
Today, the WFAX offices, located in a Falls Church shopping center the Newcombs purchased in 1978, are considerably larger than the gas station office. But what has never changed is the station’s commitment to serving the local community with Christian programming. The Newcombs remained active in station management throughout their lives. Lamar died in 1989 and Genevieve in 2011. Today, WFAX is managed by Doris Newcomb, their daughter.
National Religious Broadcasters honored WFAX in 1998 with the Milestone Award in recognition of 50 continuous years of broadcasting religious programs. The management and staff of WFAX believe the award and the continuing operation of WFAX for more than 60 years offers encouragement that the ideals of Christian radio are alive and well, and that radio will continue into the next century as a powerful and effective medium for proclaiming the gospel of Christ.
Call WFAX at 703-532-1220